What is the Columbia Design League?
We are a group of Columbia Museum of Art members who share a belief that design matters in every area of modern life. Our annual seasons abound with lectures and discussions led by architects, designers, artists, and other luminaries. The Design League collaborates with academic, civic, and professional organizations to bring appealing and insightful design programs and events to the region.
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Binder Podcast: Columbia Design League
Binder Podcast: Episode28
In this special presentation of Binder podcast, producer Drew and Columbia Design League liaison Jackie Palmieri celebrate the CDL's 25th anniversary. Then Jackie joins current CDL board president Anna Sveinbjornsdottir for a preview of what's next for the design league. After the break, CDL founders Tom Savory and Adrienne Montare stop by to discuss the group's history and some of their favorite memories.
The Public Restroom: Fear, Decency, and Design
The Columbia Design League presents Harvey Molotch, a professor of sociology and metropolitan studies at NYU and co-editor of the book Toilet: Public Restrooms and the Politics of Sharing, has a beef with American public bathrooms — the physical design often makes an important everyday experience exceedingly uncomfortable.
Design Presentation featuring Philip Freelon
Philip G. Freelon, FAIA, is founder of Durham, N.C. architectural firm the Freelon Group. The Freelon Group is the architect of record for the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Freelon serves as the design guarantor, ensuring the design reflects the values and priorities of the museum and the Smithsonian Institution.
Screening and Discussion featuring Mack McCary & Matthew Miller
"If You Build It" is a documentary about a year in the life of one of America's most innovative classrooms, where students design and build to transform their hometown community. Designer-activists lead their students through a year-long, full-scale design and build project that does much more than just teach basic construction skills: it shows ten teenagers the power of design-thinking to reinvent not just their town, but their own sense of what's possible.
An Evening with Architect and Educator Stephen Chung
Chung is host of the four-part public television series Cool Spaces! The Best New Architecture. In the show, he profiles buildings and spaces across the U.S. that have been created by architects and others who pushed the boundaries of design, materials and process. From napkin sketches to study models, Chung leads design buffs behind the scenes and into the architect’s mind, exploring the design process before the first wall is built.
Lecture and Q&A with MTV's Jeffrey Keyton
Special lecture and Q&A session with SVP for On-Air Design and Off-Air Creative, MTV and MTV2, Jeffrey Keyton. Keyton oversees the award-winning design teams at MTV and has been instrumental in defining MTV’s distinctive visual personality for the last 20 years.
Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio
Citizen Architect: Samuel Mockbee and the Spirit of the Rural Studio is a documentary film on the late architect Samuel Mockbee and the radical educational design/build program known as the Rural Studio. The film explores Mockbee's effort to provide students with an experience that forever inspires them to consider how they can use their skills to better their communities.